Friday, July 12, 2024

US Government Releases New ‘Ocean Climate Action Plan’


The US government this week released its new “Ocean Climate Action Plan,” a roadmap to harness the power of the ocean to advance immediate, transformational steps to protect ocean health and address the climate crisis.

According to a White House fact sheet:

“Acknowledging that there is no path to a healthy and livable climate without the ocean, the plan outlines new actions on the Administration’s ocean-climate priorities, including efforts to advance climate solutions, promote environmental justice, support healthy communities, and ensure a robust and sustainable ocean economy.”

The plan’s release was welcomed by Jean Flemma, director of the Ocean Defense Initiative, one of the organizations that has long called for a government-wide ocean climate strategy, who said:

“This Ocean Climate Action Plan is the first comprehensive approach that the U.S. has taken to leveraging the power of the ocean in the fight against climate change. The plan should inspire a ripple effect of powerful climate actions from coast-to-coast that will slash emissions and help frontline communities….

“Still, a plan is only as strong as its implementation. We look forward to working with the Biden Administration to ensure strong ocean climate action policies are adopted across federal agencies and help the communities that need it most.”

Check out the “Ocean Climate Action Plan” at

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.